A week away from the release of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” a terrific new ad from Audi pitting classic Spock (Leonard Nimoy) against new Spock (Zachary Quinto) is creating a happy Internet buzz.
The 2012 Writers Guild Awards honored the best writing in film, television, radio, new media, and video games on Sunday. “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Argo” took the original and adapted screenplay awards, respectively. While “Breaking Bad,” and “Louie” took awards for best drama and comedy series. Other winners include “Girls,” “Mad Men” and “Portlandia.”
The full winners list:
Anne Hathaway is going to win an Academy Award for her supporting performance in “Les Miserables.” The actress’ signature moment is the image of her… smudged face and short hair as she plays French prostitute Fantine and belts out “I Dreamed A Dream.”
The performance is now being mocked in a 3½-minute video made by University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts grad student Alberto Belli. Emma Fitzpatrick, an actress and singer with the pop band The Mots Nouveax, does the singing.
Associated Press writers Youkyung Lee and Ryan Nakashima tell us all we need to know about the world’s most popular viral video:
As “Gangnam Style” gallops toward 1 billion views on YouTube, the first Asian pop artist to capture a massive global audience has gotten richer click by click. So too has his agent and his grandmother. But the money from music sales isn’t flowing in from the rapper’s homeland South Korea or elsewhere in Asia.
With one song, 34-year-old Park Jae-sang — better known as PSY — is set to become a millionaire from YouTube ads and iTunes downloads, underlining a shift in how money is being made in the music business. An even bigger dollop of cash will come from TV commercials.
From just those sources, PSY and his camp will rake in at least $7.9 million this year, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of publicly available information and industry estimates. But for online music sales in South Korea, he’ll earn less than $60,000.
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!
No, it’s a burger!
Last month, five zany Harvard students attached a helium balloon to a burger, equipped with a camera, and let it float into space. They baptized it “Skyfall Operation: First Hamburger in space. The students posted their three-minute video clip on YouTube on Nov. 4. Since then, the film has been watched over 300,000 times.